What To Forage In April
Spring is here and the list of produce that’s naturally growing in our hedgerows, woodlands and meadows is growing by the day. Keep reading to discover what’s on your doorstep in the UK this month and things to remember when foraging.
Foraging can be a great activity to connect to nature and discover what’s ripe for the picking for this time of year.
Foraging in April
The clocks have ‘sprung forwards’ and what better way to take in the extra evening sunshine is there than to take a walk around nature’s pantry. Expect to find:
- Wild garlic
- Garlic mustard
- Cow parsley
- Ground ivy
- Bramble leaves
- Young birch leaves
- Common mallow
- Hairy bittercress
- Angel’s harps (Plantain leaves)
Things to always remember when foraging
Make sure you know what it is that you’re picking. Either take a guide with you on your foraging trip or do some research online first because so many plants look very similar, but not all of them are edible.
It’s also important to not damage the areas you’re foraging from – remember that these trees, bushes and hedgerows and habitats and homes and not just a free extension to your fridge.
In fact, many animals will be relying on these plants as their main food source, so it’s important to always leave enough for the local wildlife who rely upon these to survive – Remember to only take what you need and vary your foraging spots.
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.